As noted, in May 2012, I lost my job – and found a new one in a few weeks. This is part of my latest findings . . .
Despite what we’re often told, Job Search Boards do work. If you use them right. And you have the right skillet. And live in the right area. Which is a way of saying “they work kind of.”
Worse, as I have harped on before, they go through cycles of being useful. For my profession Craigslist has become less useful, but Dice.com is mores. In short, if you use job boards, I’d keep a list of good ones and check them now and then to see if they’ve gone bad – or gotten better.
So the real question is – do the damn job search boards work, or should I do all the networking everyone tells me about.
Well for me, I sent out a good 350 resumes, got about one solid lead for every 12 I sent out, and got to 3-4 “final rounds” (one of those is sort of debatable), and one definite offer that I took (terminating the process). Not sure how far it would have gone otherwise, but from those numbers you can get an idea of what can be done in about 2.5 weeks.
Here’s what I found.
- If you live in a region/megaregion that has a lot of work (say, Silicon Valley, etc.) then job boards may not only be good, they may perform better than networking for results.
- If you’re willing to contract, then in most large regions you’ll have a lot of job board opportunities.
- You better have a good resume or cover letter because you will get lost in the shuffle.
- This does not work for every profession, and for others it’s better. In Silicon Valley if you’re a PM with ERP or CRM experience, you can probably name your price.
So how do you leverage the job boards?
- Keep a list of them and find which ones work. My personal favorite was Dice.com.
- Find scrapers like Indeed.com that scrape information from many sites – it also helps you find other job search sites.
- Do not rely entirely on Scrapers – they don’t cover everything
- Don’t waste time on these – mechanize and streamline the process, but don’t just apply
Job boards are one tool you can use – and if you’re in the right location, it may be an excellent one.
Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach for professional and potentially professional geeks, fans, and otaku. He can be reached at http://www.stevensavage.com/